The Cambridge companion to the philosophy of biology /

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Imprint:Cambridge : Cambridge University Press, 2007.
Description:1 online resource (xxvii, 513 pages) : digital, PDF file(s).
Series:Cambridge companions to philosophy
Cambridge companions to philosophy.
Subject:Biology -- Philosophy.
Format: E-Resource Book
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Other authors / contributors:Hull, David L., editor.
Ruse, Michael, editor.
ISBN:9781139001588 (ebook)
9780521851282 (hardback)
9780521616713 (paperback)
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Summary:The philosophy of biology is one of the most exciting new areas in the field of philosophy and one that is attracting much attention from working scientists. This Companion, edited by two of the founders of the field, includes newly commissioned essays by senior scholars and up-and-coming younger scholars who collectively examine the main areas of the subject - the nature of evolutionary theory, classification, teleology and function, ecology, and the problematic relationship between biology and religion, among other topics. Up-to-date and comprehensive in its coverage, this unique volume will be of interest not only to professional philosophers but also to students in the humanities and researchers in the life sciences and related areas of inquiry.
Other form:Print version: 9780521851282
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This volume's coeditors have published jointly in the past (as coeditors of The Philosophy of Biology, 1998), as well as individually. Among Ruse's works are The Darwinian Revolution: Science Red in Tooth and Claw (CH, Feb'80), Evolutionary Naturalism: Selected Essays (1995), and Darwinism and Its Discontents (2006). Among Hull's writings are The Philosophy of Biological Science (CH, Jul'74), Science as a Process (CH, Mar'89), and Science and Selection (CH, Sep'01, 39-0297). This present volume includes 23 essays, each reviewing and summarizing an important topic within the philosophy of biology. Each essay is approximately 20 pages long. The individual authors span two generations of philosophers of biology, from the "first wave," whose works shaped the field beginning in the 1970s (such as Alex Rosenberg, Lindley Darden, and Francisco J. Ayala) to the current "new wave," whose writings represent a shift in focus from evolutionary theory to other areas in biology such as ecology, biodiversity, and neurobiology. These authors include Gregory Mikkelson, Jason Scott Robert, and Sahotra Sarkar. The essays span topics within biology (e.g., adaptation, teleology, and units of selection) and topics about biology (e.g., reduction, biology and religion, and the relation of biology to ethics, society, and history). Summing Up: Recommended. Upper-level undergraduates through faculty/researchers. D. B. Boersema Pacific University

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